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April 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz retiring

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz speaks to the media at a news conference Monday morning to announce he is stepping down from the top job in the department. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz speaks to the media at a news conference Monday morning to announce he is stepping down from the top job in the department. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE AT 4:01 P.M.: In a one-on-one interview in his office at police headquarters on Monday afternoon, Seattle Police Chief John Diaz said he and Mayor Mike McGinn have been talking about his retirement for the past couple months. He said he has no immediate plans other than enjoying the summer with his family and maybe getting some fly fishing in, but acknowledged he won’t be taking up a hobby or spending his days at home.

“It’s just not me,” said Diaz, whose first priority is to create more balance in his life.

“You can’t let work overwhelm your entire life and frankly, it has,” he said.

While Diaz acknowledged criticism of his quiet leadership style, he said he was raised to listen more than talk.

“You are who you are at the end of the day. There’s no right way or wrong way to be a leader,” he said. “…I always tried to make my decisions based on what I believed was right…I will let history decide if I was right or wrong.”

ORIGINAL POST: Chief John Diaz, who oversaw the Seattle Police Department for three tumultuous years, announced today he is stepping down.

Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel will become the interim police chief in Seattle.

Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel will become the interim police chief in Seattle.

“This has been a profession that I truly believe in,” he said during a news conference. His retirement takes effect in May.

Assistant Chief Jim Pugel will be interim chief, Mayor Mike McGinn said. Pugel has been with the department since 1983.

Diaz, 55, was serving as interim chief when he was appointed chief in June 2010. He replaced Gil Kerlikowske, who left Seattle to become drug czar in the Obama administration.

Diaz has been under close scrutiny since the Department of Justice (DOJ) found in December 2011  that Seattle police officers had engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force and displayed evidence of biased policing. The DOJ and the City of Seattle reached a settlement in July requiring the department to adopt sweeping reforms.

“We’ve gone through some challenges,” he said during the news conference.

Diaz has embraced the need for reform while resisting some elements of the changes, including the appointment of Merrick Bobb as the independent federal monitor overseeing the reforms and the scope of Bobb’s monitoring plan.

Diaz, who has been with the Seattle Police Department for more than 30 years, cited the DOJ settlement agreement and monitoring plan, a drop in the city’s crime rate and the “innovative” measures the department has undertaken to combat crime in deciding to retire now.

“This is the time to go,” he said.

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February 27, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Chief Diaz’s new look raises eyebrows

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz speaks at a press conference Wednesday about Seattle Police improvements. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) Rollie Fingers. Groucho Marx. Yosemite Sam. John Diaz. Check that. You can now scratch Chief Diaz from the Mustache Club. His upper-lip warmer, a trademark of sorts since the days before he headed the SPD, is a thing…

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November 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Inquest ordered into fatal shooting by Seattle police

King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting by Seattle police of Henry Lee Sr. on Sept. 23. Police say Lee, 77, pointed a handgun at three officers who responded to a 911 call he reportedly placed after hearing noises outside his home.  The two officers who opened fire on Lee Sr. were…

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May 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM

New Seattle superintendent’s contract calls for $270,000 salary

New Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda would make $270,000 per year, according to a contract to be voted on tomorrow night by the School Board. The three-year pact also includes an annuity of $22,000 and a $700 monthly allowance for vehicle expenses, in addition to other benefits. The $270,000 base salary, $6,000 more than what former Superintendent Maria…

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March 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

McGinn announces major reforms for Seattle police

Mayor Mike McGinn and Police Chief John Diaz today announced a sweeping package of reforms in response to a scathing federal report on the Seattle Police Department following a series of high-profile incidents involving minorities. The 20 proposed reforms are aimed at “supporting a just and effective police force,” said McGinn during a news conference at…

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February 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Protesters occupy City Hall to protest Seattle police chief

About 40 protesters calling for the resignation of Seattle Police Chief John Diaz occupied City Hall outside of the Mayor’s Office Monday. The protesters, who said they were part of the Occupy Seattle movement,  voted earlier in the afternoon to remain at City Hall until Diaz steps down as chief. The protesters first interrupted a regularly scheduled…

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